“Tasks are how we succeed or fail. Everyday, we must complete tasks, John. This book has all tasks we must do today.” Let’s broadly consider discipline in this week’s update to “The Story.” Though primarily focused on how John (left, waving) learns to integrate with his new family and living environment on the Lanchester Farm, after years of chatting online with their youngest daughter Trishna (right, sitting), there might be some general motivational material, too.
Spoiler Warning Scale: Minor (analogies using Trishna’s family farm worldbuilding)
“First, we start with biggest tasks.”
Shortly after “The Scene,” John’s primary duty on the farm becomes helping Divit (holding book) with tasks. The notebook is a daily list that contains important maintenance tasks, like changing light bulbs or repairing fences, and would be tasks that normally Trishna’s father would do himself. “Good tasks to know, even after going to university. Eventually, you take over. Then, I do other bigger tasks.” The tasks may also be listed by priority or difficulty.
“Second, we do smaller routine tasks.”
These daily or weekly tasks always need tending like sweeping, cleaning, and performing maintenance on vehicles or farming equipment. “I write down because I forget. These tasks are boring but helpful for everyone. No skipping. Let me know if you need help. I know you have bad arm.” This is where Divit teaches John the discipline that helps him the most, in an encouraging environment, where he can successfully learn skills without fear or mockery.
“Third, if we have time, we do maintenance checks.”
On lighter days, Divit will show John around the farm, and they’ll do preventative maintenance. “We had big fence issue last week before you arrived. Let’s check all of it today. We’ll bring toolbox to fix any issues.” These lower priority tasks also serve as bonding experiences between Divit and John, as father and potentially son-in-law? “Thank you for treating our Little Lotus, our Trishna, so nicely. She is much happier now with you here.”
“Fourth, we check in with everyone.”
Part of preventative maintenance, for both communication and work, is checking to see if anyone has any big pain points. “Is also good time to sneak off with wife for some minutes. You can sit with Trishna. No funny business.” The scene above shows Divit taking John on a walk to perhaps their first biggest task of the day, with Trishna’s mom Brigit (background) tending to flowers along with Trishna sitting on her gardening mat.
“Fifth, we predict future tasks.”
Divit might plan with John about new projects or work with Brigit for a change of pace. “Little Lotus asked for help on her greenhouse today. Ask Mother how you can help her.” John may also use that downtime to help Trishna with her chores, or if they’re all caught up, they might be allowed to wrap up early for the day and use the remaining time to talk, play videogames, or anything else, really.
…This was just motivating my brainstorming, after all.